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Situated on the banks of graceful River Noyyal, Coimbatore, a city in Tamil Nadu is also referred to as the ‘Manchester of South India’, perhaps this is due to its welcoming and charming vibes. 

Visiting here, you will feel quite jovial as you get to explore everything from the lush mountains, ancient temples, brilliant weather, delicious delicacies to the captivating waterfalls. Needless to say, that this is the kind of experience every traveller and tourist seek from a holiday destination.

Coming on to the attractions, Coimbatore is loaded with several tourists spots to explore, however, one of the major highlights of this city is the magnificent 112 feet tall statue of the Adiyogi Shiva, the Mahadeva. This statue has also been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records and depicts inner-well-being and the possibilities wrapped around the subject of self-realization. Thus, for the seekers of spirituality, a trip to Coimbatore can be an eye-opener in many ways. 

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Moving on to the best time to visit the city of Coimbatore, we can say that it would be between the months of September and March. During these months, the overall weather of Coimbatore is quite pleasant and just perfect for sightseeing activities. 

History of Coimbatore

Historically speaking, Coimbatore used to serve as the primary trade route for Tamil Nadu. This was between the 1st and the 4th centuries when this particular region was under the rulership of Cheras dynasty. 

During those times, geographically, Coimbatore was the part of Kongu, a region which was named after the King Kovan: Kovanpudur which further was changed to Koyambuthur, Koyamuthur and then finally Coimbatore.

Coimbatore as a historical travel destination has seen so much from the wars to even the times of peace and prosperity. Later on, in history, this place also came under the rulership of Rashtra Kutas and then also saw the rise of the Chola empire by the 10th century (approx). After that, moving forward in time, it also witnessed the Anglo-Mysore war when the Britishers took over the entire city in 1768 which was then finally released at the time of India’s independence. 

Major Attractions of Coimbatore

1. Adiyogi Shiva Statue. Placed at the foothills of the magical Velliangiri hills, the statue of the Mahadeva is one of the most captivating sights to explore on your trip to Coimbatore. Carved out of about 500 tonnes of steel, this statue has also been placed in the Guinness Books of World Records for being the world’s largest bust. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best places to visit in Coimbatore.

2. Vydehi Falls. Situated about 25-35 km away from Coimbatore city, this waterfall is truly an amazing sight to behold in terms of nature’s beauty. And perhaps it is because of its charm that this waterfall attracts hundreds and thousands of locals and tourists on an annual basis. So, the next time you are planning a trip to Coimbatore then don’t miss out on visiting the Vydehi waterfalls. 

3. Kovai Kondattam. Situated at a distance of about 10-12 km from Coimbatore, this is an amusement park meant for relaxing, unwinding and having all the fun in the world. If you are on a trip to Coimbatore and want to spend a day well in the company of your loved ones, then visiting Kovai Kondattam would be a great choice for you. 

4. Velliangiri Hill Temple. Situated at a distance of about 40 km from Coimbatore, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is placed at an enthralling altitude of (approx) 5,000-6,000 feet. The Velliangiri Hill Temple is regarded as one of the most auspicious places to explore in this region. And due to its spiritual prominence, a great number of devotees visit this place to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva and seek blessings.

How to Reach Coimbatore 

To reach Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu from major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru you will need to cover a total distance of about 2,509, 1,232, 2,177, 345 km respectively. Here are the details on how you can easily travel to Coimbatore by the following public transport. 

By Air.  Deboard at the Coimbatore International Airport (CJB) situated about 10-15 km from the main city centre. The airport is well-routed with other prime Indian cities and airports making the whole air travel experience quite hassle-free. From the airport, after you touchdown, you can easily take a cab or some other means of transport to reach your respective destination. 

  • From Kochi - Board IndiGo, Air India flights from Kochi Airport. The airfares start from INR 4,000-6,000
  • From Kozhikode - Board IndiGo flights from Kozhikode Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000-6,000
  • From Bhubaneswar - Board IndiGo, Spicejet from Bhubaneswar Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000-7,000

By Train. Deboard at the Coimbatore Railway Junction (CBE) which is also the primary railhead for the city. It has overall good connectivity with other Indian cities offering a good train frequency to the locals and tourists. After deboarding at the station, you will need to continue your journey further via some means of public transport like a cab or a bus. 

By Road. Depending upon your geographical location, you can easily travel to Coimbatore by well-maintained road networks. From the nearby cities and states, you can easily book a cab or get on board a bus (interstate or private) to reach here. However, if you want to travel at your own pace and convenience then, perhaps the best way to do that would be travelling via your own vehicle. 

  • From Mysuru - 198 km via NH948
  • From Palani - 108 km via NH83
  • From Madurai - 215 km via NH44
  • From Kochi - 190 km via NH544

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